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    • US Pronunciation
    • US IPA
    • UK Pronunciation
    • UK IPA
    • [oh-duh-rif-er-uh s]
    • /ˌoʊ dəˈrɪf ər əs/
    • /əʊdəˈrɪfərəs/
    • US Pronunciation
    • US IPA
    • [oh-duh-rif-er-uh s]
    • /ˌoʊ dəˈrɪf ər əs/

Definitions of odoriferous word

  • adjective odoriferous yielding or diffusing an odor. 1
  • noun odoriferous Having or giving off a smell, especially an unpleasant or distinctive one. 1
  • adjective odoriferous having or emitting an odour, esp a fragrant one 0
  • adjective odoriferous giving off an odor, now often, specif., a strong or offensive one 0

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Origin of odoriferous

First appearance:

before 1425
One of the 25% oldest English words
1425-75; late Middle English < Medieval Latin odōriferus smelling of (something), equivalent to odōr- odor + -i- -i- + -ferus -ferous

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Parts of speech for Odoriferous


odoriferous popularity

A pretty common term. Usually people know it’s meaning, but prefer to use a more spread out synonym. About 48% of English native speakers know the meaning and use word.
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Synonyms for odoriferous

adjective odoriferous

  • fragrant — having a pleasant scent or aroma; sweet-smelling; sweet-scented: a fragrant rose.
  • pungent — sharply affecting the organs of taste or smell, as if by a penetrating power; biting; acrid.
  • savoury — pleasant or agreeable in taste or smell: a savory aroma.
  • savory — pleasant or agreeable in taste or smell: a savory aroma.
  • scented — a distinctive odor, especially when agreeable: the scent of roses.

Antonyms for odoriferous

adjective odoriferous

  • bland — If you describe someone or something as bland, you mean that they are rather dull and unexciting.
  • dull — not sharp; blunt: a dull knife.
  • flavorless — taste, especially the distinctive taste of something as it is experienced in the mouth.
  • flavourless — British standard spelling of flavorless.
  • stinking — that smells foul; foul-smelling.

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